Wednesday, May 10, 2023
“Abstain from all appearance of evil” (1 Thessalonians 5:22 KJV).
Could we follow today’s Scripture to prevent the founding of another false religious system? (Yes!)
Non-Christians will always seek ways to find excuses for their not coming to the Lord Jesus by faith. What we can do as believers in Christ is remove their ability to list “hypocrisy amongst Christians” and “Christians join in questionable or doubtful actions.” Again, even if it appears to be evil, avoid it (today’s Scripture). As the adage goes, “It is better to be safe than sorry.” Far better it is to limit ourselves than injure others with our careless exercise of liberty.
While it is generally assumed (even among certain alleged “grace believers”) that “grace is a license to sin,” the Bible states something else entirely. Under no circumstances are we to conclude, “We are free in Christ to do whatever we want. Grace means we have God’s permission to live in sin without dire consequences!” Oh, dear friends, we had better be ever so careful here, reminding ourselves of Galatians 5:13: “For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.” Liberty indeed means freedom, but it also means freedom to be spiritual adults (thinking of others) instead of being spiritual children (thinking of self). “All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient [profitable, advantageous, beneficial]: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify [build up] not. Let no man seek his own, but every man another’s wealth” (1 Corinthians 10:23,24).
Although there is no explicit command in the Bible to do certain things and no clear instruction in the Scripture not to do specific things, the Holy Spirit has provided sufficient information for us to believe and apply. It is our responsibility to find rightly divided verses that fit the situation, and use them in those circumstances. The lazy person will believe and do whatever he or she wants, having no desire to do personal Bible study and come to his or her own godly conclusions about anything. It is easier to blindly follow the pastor, teacher, or denomination—to let others do the thinking and research. May we be spiritual adults….